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A very important landmark in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro is Forte de Copacabana. A well maintained fort that was opened a hundred years ago, in 1914. Doing a bike tour in Rio de Janeiro with Rio by Bike you pass by the fort right away, as it is situated across the meeting point where our cycle tours start.
While doing a bike tour in Rio de Janeiro, you always pass by interesting buildings you might want to visit later on. Many participants already asked us, while cycling, about the big beautiful building on Rua General Severiano, across the ticket booth of football club Botafogo.
Now that the World Cup is being held in Rio de Janeiro everything in this city seems to be about football. During our bike tours in Rio de Janeiro however, you'll constantly pass by places that have something to do with football, even if there is no World Cup going on. That makes cycling in Rio de Janeiro extra fun for football geeks.
Cycling in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, full of steep slopes and narrow alleys can seem like an impossible mission. But still a lot of people in Rio’s favelas use a bike as a means of transportation. Inside their own communities 57 percent of transportation is done by bike or on foot.
Cycling in Rio de Janeiro is becoming a bit easier again. The City is continuing to improve conditions for its bike riders, with the opening in February of the first 3,3 kilometres of cycle lanes in the city’s downtown area. This is good news for Rio by Bike and will give us the possibilty to expand our bike tours in Rio.
Cycling in Rio de Janeiro is always an adventure, especially for first time visitors to the city. Before we begin a Rio bike tour, we therefore always tell our participants that the cyclist – along with the pedestrian – finds himself at the bottom of the food chain within the traffic hierarchy.